Alarming numbers of port refusals deemed unfair

A large number of tourists from non visa nations are being denied entry to the UK on the simple decision of a duty Immigration Officers. Such travellers are given all manner of reasons, which include not having funds deemed sufficient to look after themselves for the duration of their holiday to not knowing the full name and address of the person they were planning to stay with whilst in the UK. These refusals should be challenged. Contact us for further information on how to challenge these decisions or for advice on how to prepare adequately for yours or your relative or friend’s visit to the UK so that you avoid these pitfalls.

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New English Language Test for partners of British and settled citizens or those settled here

From 29 November 2010, any migrant who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled here will need to show that they can speak and understand English.

You will need to meet the requirement if:

  • you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland; and
  • you are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled here; and
  • you want to apply to enter or remain in the UK as that person’s husband, wife, civil partner, fiancé
  • (e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner.
  • If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country or do not have a degree taught in English. The following countries are considered to be majority English-speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago the United States of America.

 For further advice about these arrangements please call McKenzie Beute and Pope.

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Tier 1 limits reached for October 2010

On 19 July 2010, the UK government introduced a limit on the number of visas that can be issued to overseas applicants under Tier 1 (General) of the points-based system until 31 March 2011. The limit does not affect applications from dependents, applications to switch into Tier 1 (General) from a different immigration category, or applications to extend existing Tier 1 (General) visas.

The UK Border Agency administers the limit on a monthly basis. In order to avoid breaching the visa allocation for October 2010, we will not issue any more visas for successful Tier 1 (General) applications made overseas until the limit allocation reopens on Monday 1 November 2010.

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